Another mural going up at the corner of Queen and John. I was actually surprised - I didn't think that they'd be able to paint during the winter months, but there they were, painting in the cold and dark. I wonder how long it took for the paint to dry in the cold, or if they used different paint.
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Taken from the observation deck in the Sears Tower.
Another view of Chicago's skyline -this time from the top of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower). It's hard taking night shots with the Rebel - I find myself envying my wife's Canon 5D. If I'd taken a tripod with me, it would have been better, but we had been walking around all day, and carrying a tripod for that long without using it would have been annoying. This, and other shots from the tower, were taken at ISO 800 or ISO 1600, hand held, from behind glass, and they didn't turn out too bad at all.
Okay - this is an older photo - I took it back in October. But doesn't the Distillery District look spooky-awesome at night? I have to go back there with a tripod and take a bunch of night shots.
Some of the bank towers of Toronto's Financial District, as seen from John Street. These towers loom over the city, much like the related institutions loom over the economy.
And here is another of the photos taken on my birthday photowalk. Liberty Village is a wonderful part of the city, very interesting to see, and I'll be certain to head back there again - preferably in the warmer weather. As you can see, it was snowing by the time we left to go home. What you can't see is that it was annoyingly cold. It's a wonderful tradition we have, of taking the day off for our birthdays, and going around the city taking pictures. But there are times when I wish that our birthdays weren't both in the winter.
It's kind of creepy to have a giant Marilyn head staring at you as you wait for the next streetcar. I mean - it feels like she's staring at me when I'm in this shelter. And she's larger than life size, too. I suppose it could be worse - it could be Don Cherry. (heh)
Winter, winter, winter - and along with the cold, we get snow. It was only flurries, but it is a precursor of times to come. I love the way the headlights catch the snowflakes - with the slow shutter speed, the individual flakes become streaks of light. It can be challenging to take pictures in a snowstorm. The camera tends to get wet, and electronics and moisture don't always play well together. The best thing that I've found is to rest my hands on top of the camera when I'm not taking shots, but when it's bad enough, I put the camera away, or put the body into a ziploc bag to protect it. (Put the camera in the bag, with the lens poking out - the plastic protects the electronics, and the lens is free and clear.)
Ever pass by a tunnel at night and wonder where it goes? Does it go to a simple parking garage, or does it lead somewhere different? And are different parking garages connected together? I know - in most cases, the tunnels lead to simple, self-contained parking garages, but wouldn't it be cool if you could go into one and end up somewhere else? Like in the underground PATH system in downtown Toronto, which lets you travel from Union Station down by the lake all the way up to to Dundas Street, and from Yonge, all the way over to Simcoe.
Closeup of the clock tower on Toronto's Old City Hall. I hate the amount of darkness that we end up with through the winter. When it's dark on my way to work, and dark on my way home, it gets tremendously depressing, and makes me not want to go out of the house. As you can see from this picture, at a quarter to six in the evening, it's pretty much fully dark out. I can't wait for summer to come, with it's long hours of sunlight, and warm weather, so that I can go out taking pictures in the evenings again.
A pedestrian walks by the windows of a Shoppers Drug Mart on Queen St. Lately, it seems that Shoppers is carrying more and more groceries. According to a report I heard on the radio, they're getting a tremendous margin on their groceries, and are refocusing their stores to reflect that margin. I wonder if they'll eventually morph into a grocery chain with a pharmacy.
Stopping to grab a quick bite before heading off to complete their Christmas shopping, no doubt. I love that the city now allows more choices than hot dogs, sausages and such at city food carts. I wish they'd administer the program a little better, and allow even more choices, but it's a good beginning.
They really go all out for Christmas down in the Distillery. This tree is huge, and I don't even want to think about how many lights there are on it.
The new home of the Toronto International Film Festival, located at King St and John St. It's a beautiful building, and I have to remember to get down there next year during TIFF to see what's going on. On a side note, it was VERY cold waiting for the streetcar at this intersection - so cold that I decided to walk to University Ave. Why is it that in the winter, you so often see huge delays between streetcars, followed by a rash of them, one after another. It happens with buses too, and it's really annoying. (Especially when the first streetcar to go by is totally stuffed with people and won't let anyone else on.)
It was cold when the aliens landed - their vehicles were large, and found their way into the city. Their appearance provoked cries of awe and terror that quickly faded to annoyance, as the glacial pace made them more road hazard than invading force. In fact, some of the vehicles stood in place long enough that buildings were erected around them, turning them into art pieces like this one.
Seriously, though, this is a really neat sculpture down in the Toronto Distillery district. I went down to Pikto to pick up some prints for my daughter, and had to take a shot of this. Of course, with no tripod, or monopod, I had to improvise for the 2 1/2 second exposure. Walls are handy, though, so I managed to get a pretty good shot.
I love this old truck in the Distillery District. It's all rusted and rough textured, and it suits the architecture so much. Yeah, I know, the Distillery sometimes comes off as a tremendously expensive tourist trap. And I know, the shops there are very specialized and snooty - but the artists that have rented space there do some seriously interesting stuff. It's worth checking out.
Ah well, another summer has come to an end. It's a tradition, in Toronto, that the end of the Canadian National Exhibition marks the end of summer. We went on Saturday, and had a great time - lots of food, cool buildings, fun games and rides on the Midway.
These guys are waiting for players to try the Crown and Anchor wheel, late at night. Things thinned out substantially once the buildings started closing at 10pm, and these guys seemed to enjoy the break. Next year, we have to go earlier, so that we can see all the exhibits and buildings, not just half of them.
Patiently, the laundromat awaits its next patron.
This pumper truck raced past me the other night with flashing lights and screaming sirens.
Another empty storefront, late at night. This one seemed best in black and white.
It was a warm, clear night, and we decided to take a walk up Broadview. I was struck by the combination of the empty street and the bright lights of the store on the corner. The street is never empty during the day, and the market is always busy. But that night, a strange sort of peace settled over the neighbourhood.
Taken during a night-time photowalk along Queen Street. Always sad, always staring.
Summer is coming. I know it is. We just have to get through the wet, sloppy, mercurial spring to get to the lovely warmth of summer. And then we can have barbecue whenever we want. I'm so looking forward to getting my grill out of storage and setting it up.
We went for a photowalk on Sunday night. This is a detail from the mural on the side of Joy Bistro, on Queen Street. The food is great, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the building is cool. What more could you want?
The full moon sets over downtown Toronto. God, I love the view from my deck.
I had to drop by the St. Lawrence Market the other night, and I arrived there just as they were getting ready to close up for the day. It's *so* different to see the place without many people in it. I love shopping at St. Lawrence Market - you can find all kinds of different foods, usually from more than one place. Witteveen's is a great butcher shop, with some truly awesome stuffed pork chops and pork roasts. On a Saturday morning, this hallway will be lined with people waiting to be served, and filled with people going from one area to another in the market.
The cross processing gives it a very sixties feel, I think. I had to walk up to St. Patrick Station because of the closure of Osgoode, so I thought I'd try to get a few different views of the city. This photo was taken from the southeast corner of Univeristy and Dundas.
Every day, they're open on the corner near my work. And apparently, every night too. Since the daylight savings time change, I've started noticing their brightly lit stand on my way home. I never thought about how late they stay open - I wonder if they're open till all the bars and clubs close. And I wonder how late into the year they'll be on the corner.
Taken outside the Upper Crust bakery on Queen Street.
Taken on Thanksgiving Sunday night - just as we overheard a tourist asking her friend why we were taking a picture of the place they were going to on Monday. Maybe she thought we were scouting locations for something nefarious. :-) Not me - I just thought it looked cool.
We went for a photowalk the other night - just wandering around in the dark, taking pictures of interesting things. I loved the way the top of the towers faded into the dark. Next time, I'll have to remember to bring a tripod, though.
The CNE is gone for another year - but I'm still processing pictures from it! :-)
As much as I don't like the "new" architecture, with it's emphasis on function, I do like that they kept the bottom floor of the building when they put up the new tower. That section looks amazing at night, with all the shadows and texture.
Looking down Yonge Street, from just north of the Zanzibar Strip Club. I know that Toronto keeps trying to be the New York of Canada, but do we have to imitate the worst, tackiest parts too?
There seemed to be some rather intense discussions going on at the Opera House that night. No - she wasn't alone. There were several other people that she was talking to.
I don't know why, but I love to photography the strip club formerly known as the New Broadview Hotel. This view greeted me as I got off the streetcar at Broadview, and I'm happy with the way the colours in the sky came out.
Not too many people enter from the west entrance, and it's a shame. The entryway is gorgeous, and as evening approaches, it glows with a warm light, inviting you into the mall. Don't forget to bring your cash....
Walking home the other night with my sweetheart, I spotted the shadows on this sign. I like how they stretch across the wall.
All day long, the barber sits and waits for people to come get their hair cut. In between customers, he plays chess with whoever he can convince to play. But, at night, the shop waits, eerily lit, for morning to come.
When seen at night, in their carhouse, the streetcars seem much smaller than when you're trying to get around them on Queen. The carhouse was built in 1913, and serves as a garage for the streetcars in this part of the city.
Loved the contrast on this one - the bright red hand on the dark background.
Taken from the streetcar, overriding the program mode and suggestions of the camera for exposure, etc. I like the way this one turned out - I'm going to be playing around more with manual mode as time goes by.
Another shot of the city from my sundeck. I love the look of the Toronto skyline at night - it looks like something from "The Matrix" in this shot. Taken with my new Canon Rebel XTi, with a 20 second exposure at f/9.
My sweetheart bought me a new camera - a Canon Rebel XTi - for Christmas. So, of course, I had to try it out. This is an attempt to do something that she did in one of her shots - here - and it turned out wonderfully. She spoils me, and I love her to bits. I'm a very lucky guy.
Some of the lights at Nathan Phillips Square.
Taken from the River Street Bridge. I never realized how much the bridges shake when a streetcar goes by till I tried to take this shot while bracing the camera on the bridge itself.
I just don't understand the trend these days in coloring the outside of the buildings with godawful colours. The CN Tower is lit up like a hooker in Vegas, and now City Hall looks like something evil out of Lord of the Rings. Seriously!
Winter has arrived in Toronto. The patio furniture is still out, but it looks so warm inside.
I found this reflection while waiting at Queen and University for a streetcar.
This is such a contrasting building. It sits in an old commercial area where I work, and the buildings around it are older, more traditional, and grey. When Umbra arrived, they replaced a restaurant with the unfortunate name of "Young Thai", and they've been providing colour, and lunch space, ever since. Also seen in my Flickr photostream